I would like to use both Skype and FaceTime at the same time (not while calling just having them both open).

When I start FaceTime it switches on the camera and keeps it on. If I hide the application the camera seems off (green LED is not on).

But if I use Skype the camera is not available since (even if the LED is off) the camera is still in use by FaceTime.

Is it possible to have FaceTime on waiting for calls without blocking or using the camera? In theory the camera is only needed during calls.

1 Answer 1


There is an app for that :)

ManyCam will allow you to use the iSight camera over multiple applications. I haven't had the chance to test it myself, but according to the app description, it should work just fine.

Some customers complain about a slow Mac, some don't. So please give feedback about this app.

CamTwist should do the same.

  • Thanks, I'll try (I would have given another +1 for the "there is an app for that")
    – Matteo
    Commented Jun 6, 2012 at 7:06
  • Haha, it was the first thing I thought about :)
    – Michiel
    Commented Jun 6, 2012 at 7:10
  • Ok I tried it but doesn't really work: Skype still refuses to use the camera (until I close FaceTime).
    – Matteo
    Commented Jun 6, 2012 at 7:12
  • Ok, try the app I just added to my answer.
    – Michiel
    Commented Jun 6, 2012 at 7:17

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